Plant-Based and Cultivated Meat MOOC

A free online course exploring the science behind plant-based and cultivated meat

Plant-Based and Cultivated Meat MOOC

Inspired by the overwhelming demand for the world’s first class on plant-based meat, GFI is offering a free online introductory course exploring the science behind plant-based and cultivated meat!

This 6-week self-paced course covers the biological and chemical processes used to produce plant-based meat and cultivated meat, the environmental and economic drivers behind these market sectors, and the dietary roles of proteins.

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Plant-Based and cultivated Meat MOOC

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Thank you for signing up to learn more about cultivated and plant-based meat! Within the next three days, you'll be receiving an invitation to join this free, online, self-paced course on Canvas, as well as more information about GFI and our research and educational offerings.

Plant-Based and Cultivated Meat MOOC Syllabus

Week 1: History of alternative sources of meat and the economic impact of plant-based and cultivated meat globally; land use, nutritional profiles, and employment effects
Week 2: Understanding the structure of meat and its physiological role in diet: the biochemical structure of meat; its digestion; and nutritional considerations of common meat replacements
Week 3: Plant-based meat: protein sourcing, isolation & functionalization, formulation, and processing. Extrusion, the Couette cell, flavoring, binders, algal and mycoproteins.
Week 4: cultivated meat: what is it? Cell lines, cell culture media, bioreactors, and scaffolding.
Week 5: Current industry players, financial analysis and bottlenecks, and white space innovation ideas
Week 6: Sociological, ecological, and ethical considerations in the adoption of cultivated and plant-based meat. Understanding the policy and industry landscape for cultivated meat and plant-based products.

For more information, please contact Renee Bell, at

This program is made possible thanks to generous donors. Philanthropic support is vital to our mission. To discuss how you can be part of this transformative work with your gift or grant, please contact GFI's development department at or 866-849-4457.

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